An Inspiration Challenge

Hello everyone.  It is time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Buffy, Jackie and me.  Jackie gave us an “inspiration challenge”.  She supplied this photograph to use as our inspiration.

I had to think about this one for a bit.  Did I want to use the snowman as inspiration or the Christmas tree?  I decided against both of those ideas and went with the season and the colors instead.  I see some reds, greens and browns so I went with Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Crumb Cake. Of course, it helped when I saw the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper had these colors in it!

Stampin Up Arrange A Wreath

As I said, I started with the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper.  I cut out two wreaths from the Wreath Builder Dies using Garden Green cardstock and arrange them on top of the Designer Series Paper.  These dies are in the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog.  They have a coordinating stamp set called Arrange A Wreath and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle.  Then I cut the little flowers out which are also part of the Wreath Dies in Cherry Cobbler cardstock and layered them on top of the wreath.  The flowers have a little hole in the middle so I added the Elegant Faceted Gems on them.

Now to the sentiment.  I wanted to use the Merry Christmas stamp that comes with the Poinsettia Petals stamp set.  This set is in the 2020 Holiday Catalog.  I opened the stamp case to use and and the stamp was gone.  It has vanished.  I looked everywhere for this stamp and it was no where to be found.  The only thing I can think of is I left it at the cottage in New York.  Well, do you think I have another Merry Christmas stamp that is all on one line?  Nope.  Nothing.  Nada.  So, I resorted to use a stamp from a retired set called Four The Holidays.  Now my big decision is do I buy the stamp set again or live without it?

In any case, I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and then embossed it using White Embossing Powder on Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Then I cut it out using the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  I added a strip of Garden Green cardstock behind it to make it stand out a bit.

Now, let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  Do you think they used the snowman or the tree?  Are they a rebel who did something totally different like me?  Let’s go check it out! 

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3 thoughts on “An Inspiration Challenge

  1. Susan this is wonderful. I love the wreath on the Plaid Tidings paper, with those lovely flowers. It looks like a welcoming front door wreath!


  2. This is so lovely, Susan! I love that paper and your wreath is gorgeous. (I love the gems in the flowers.) I’m sorry about your Merry Christmas stamp, but I love the one you used. It works so well with your card design.


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